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Cristina Martín Sampedro
Pensando en el próximo verano con el programa de Nino González-Aller? Totalmente aconsejable!!!
Isabel Porto - Gran experiencia de inmersión lingüística en casa con Lucy!! Gracias a Nino González-Aller
In the summer I was planning to travel to Spain and teach after I had completed a TEFL qualification but because it was the summer most of the schools were closed. Fortunately, I found another opportunity. Nino González-Aller runs a great program where families host an English speaker, offering free accommodation and food in exchange for helping them improve their English. In my case, I was posted to Valladolid for two months where I taught the kids English for a few hours a day. They were at school for a few weeks at first so I got the chance to practice my Spanish with the parents during this time and explore the area. I normally spoke English at mealtimes as well, but then parents were happy to help me with my Spanish the rest of the time, even when the kids were back home. Pilar and Javier couldn’t have made me feel more welcome. The food was excellent: Pilar was a superb cook, and I ate like a true Spaniard. The community in Simancas was really friendly, and there was a huge barbecue organised to celebrate summer. The weather was hot nearly all the time, and many days were spent relaxing around the pool! I got a chance to travel, to Salamanca, Madrid, and even Pamplona for the San Fermín festival.
Towards the end of my stay, I accompanied the family on a beach holiday near Murcia. The experience was fantastic, and I still keep in touch with the family. Not only did it help me improve my Spanish, and it gave me a unique insight into the Spanish culture. Matching people who want to see some of Spain, and families who are keen to improve their English is a great win-win.
The past 8 months have been an incredible ride of new experiences. I have met so many talented people and have made memories I won’t soon forget. I was so fortunate to live with the Pin family teaching the children English and practicing Spanish all summer. This family is one of the cutest I know, but additionally, the eye cannot see some of their most beautiful characteristics.
José, Alberto, and Inés have reminded me to take time and see life through the eyes of a child…to slow down, ask questions, be imaginative, and to never turn down a glass of cola-cao (or coffee in my case). With a huge lump in my throat and tears in my eyes I said “see you later” to this incredible family earlier this week. Marisa and family, I cannot say thank you enough for the ways in which you have touched my life.
Knowing I will be back to see my second family as soon as life allows, tomorrow I will leave Spain feeling fulfilled and more grateful than ever!